Jefferson County, Indiana

Three tornadoes hit Jefferson County, Indiana after midnight on April 20th, 2011:

Tornado #1:
Event:  EF0 tornado
Begin time:  12:19am EDT
End time:  12:31am EDT
Begin point:  Scottsburg in Scott County
End point:  2.5 miles east of Deputy
Wind speed:  Up to 80 mph
Path length:  12.3 miles
Path width:  up to 100 yards
Injuries:  0
Fatalities:  0

Most of the damage with this tornado was in Scott County. The Holiday Inn at Interstate 65 was damaged on the east side of the second floor.  Several nearby houses suffered roof damage.  In Scottsburg several roofs were damaged and many trees and branches were blown down.  Near Indiana 203 and North Bethlehem Road several trees were down and agricultural buildings and residences experienced roof damage.  Tree damage continued until the end of the damage path near Deputy Pike Road.

Tornado #2:
EF Scale:  EF1
Begin time:  12:40am EDT
End time:  12:42am EDT
Begin point:  2 miles south southwest of China
End point:  1.5 miles southeast of China
Wind speed:  100 mph
Path length:  2.4 miles
Path width:  125 yards
Injuries:  0
Fatalities:  0

The tornado touched down near the intersection of Indiana Highway 62 and E400N, severely damaging several outbuildings. A 2x4 from one of the outbuildings was driven through the exteror wall and into the kitchen of a home 1/10 mile away. The skipping storm then raced northeast across hilly rural terrain. Numerous large hardwood trees were snapped or uprooted at a Girl Scout Campground on Geyman Hill Road. After exiting the campground, the tornado then destroyed a large barn and damaged the roofs of nearby homes and other outbuildings, as well as uprooting more trees. It lifted shortly after crossing China-Manville Road.

Tornado #3:
EF Scale:  EF0
Begin time:  12:41am EDT
End time:  12:44am EDT
Begin point:  1.4 miles north of Bryantsburg
End point:  1.5 miles west of Barbersville
Wind speed:  100 mph
Path length:  3.3 miles
Injuries:  0
Fatalities:  0

This fast-moving tornado began along U.S. 421 one half mile south of the Jefferson-Ripley County line, then raced eastward, doing minor damage to a home, sucking the door out of a large garage and taking off much of the roof of a large tobacco barn. The most extensive damage was done near the end of the tornado's path where it destroyed a mobile home, took the roof off a cinder block outbuilding, and did extensive damage to the roofs of several large barns.

These photos were taken by a NWS Storm Survey Team.

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